The 10 Best Self Defense Sprays
This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in January of 2020. Defense sprays provide powerful yet nonlethal protection against assailants of all sizes. They are low cost, lightweight, and legal to own in every state, not to mention easy to operate and conceal. However, be advised that even if the spray you choose is not likely to cause lasting injury, it can certainly harm you and other bystanders if used inappropriately, so be sure to practice first. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
February 23, 2020:
There is a lot that can go wrong with defense sprays, but that should not keep you from purchasing them. In addition to carefully reading and following any instructions, guidelines, and warnings that come along with anything you purchase, particularly defense sprays, please consider the following safety advice.
First, you should test your defense spray, and only do so outdoors, in a discrete, less unpopulated area. The last thing you want is to end up in a situation where you really need the spray to work, and for some reason, it doesn’t. With gun-like and other refillable models, you might even be able to use practice rounds, but chances are you’ll be using an active spray capable of harming living things. While testing, you should keep an abundance of safety considerations in mind. For starters, wear gloves and safety goggles if possible. Next, while it may sound obvious, be sure to aim your spray away from yourself, arm fully extended, and—this might be the most important part of all— point it downward, keeping it very close to the ground, but not so close that it might splash back. In addition to this, be sure to test somewhere where children, pets, critters, and passersby won’t come upon potential rogue clouds of spray or the mess you leave when you’re finished. Moving on, clean that mess up as thoroughly as possible. Finally, clean yourself and personal affects up as thoroughly as possible, including the defense spray system itself.
Second, if you’re going to carry defense spray around, you might consider having an antidote on hand to administer on yourself or anyone else you do not intend to incapacitate, if things don’t go as well as hoped for. You can buy defense spray relievers online and elsewhere or craft your own at home after making very sure you are following legitimate instructions disseminated by true authorities.
Third, don’t forget that the contents of your defense spray are under pressure. This being the case, do everything you can to avoid crushing, throwing, puncturing, etc. your selection and never expose it to extreme heat or cold.
Fourth, if you have children and pets, make sure they never get a hold of it. Ever. Lock it up, do what you have to, just make sure it is out of their reach.
Fifth, keep an eye on your unit for any leakage, and make sure to dispose of it properly if it seems flawed or reaches its expiration date.
Finally, I’m sure there’s more that can wrong, so please, please do your research. Before purchasing defense sprays you should definitely review what laws apply to their regulation in your state and/or region. Although they are ultimately legal, they can’t be mailed just anywhere, and their use is sometimes restricted. I will not go into specifics here—because I am not a lawyer, laws can change, and so on—but you really should look into legalities before settling on any sort of self-defense solution, nonlethal spray or otherwise.
A couple years ago my wife and I had a situation that left us looking for nonlethal defense options. Knowing what I know now, I wish I had known about models like the Mace Brand Pepper Gun, Mace Brand Strobe Gun, and Kimber Pepper Blaster, because aim was always my top concern. The last thing you want to do is miss an assailant and get them indignant in addition to whatever else they’re feeling at that dark moment. Meanwhile, my wife still has issues just walking to the store across street in our neighborhood, and I can imagine her being quite happy with the models that are ready-to-go like the Saber Red for Runners and Sabre Red Keychain. No matter what you end up choosing, get imaginative, be prepared, and really think about how things might go down in the real world when defending yourself. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say.
Pepper Spray Store The Pepper Spray Store is a website where you can find even more defense spray options and accessories. More importantly, it has an abundance of relevant articles in its archives, several of which involve antidotes and first aid tips you can put to use if you end up on the wrong end of a crippling stream of irritant. www.pepper-spray-store.com